The Washington Post: Useful-Idiot Shills For A Failed, Frantic Status Quo That Has Lost Control Of The Narrative


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The Washington Post: Useful-Idiot Shills For A Failed, Frantic Status Quo That Has Lost Control Of The Narrative

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Don’t you think it fair and reasonable that anyone accusing me of being a shill for Russian propaganda ought to read my ten books in their entirety and identify the sections that support their slanderous accusation?

I was amused to find my site listed on the now-infamous list of purportedly Russian-controlled propaganda sites cited by The Washington Post. I find it amusing because I invite anyone to search my 3,600-page archive of published material over the past decade (which includes some guest posts and poems) and identify a single pro-Russia or pro-Russian foreign policy entry.

If anything, my perspective is pro-US dollar, pro-liberty, pro-open markets, pro-local control, pro-free-press, pro-innovation, and pro-opportunities to rebuild America’s abandoned, decaying localized economies: in other words, the exact opposite of Russian propaganda.

My “crime” is a simple one: challenging the ruling elite’s narrative. Labeling all dissent “enemy propaganda” is of course the classic first phase of state-sponsored propaganda and the favorite tool of well-paid illiberal apologists for an illiberal regime.

Labeling everyone who dissents or questions the ruling elite’s narrative as tools of an enemy power is classic McCarthy-era witch-hunting, i.e. a broad-brush way of marginalizing and silencing critics with an accusation that is easy to fabricate but difficult to prove.

Such unsupported slander is a classic propaganda technique. It has more in common with Nazi propaganda than with real journalism.

The real useful-idiot shills are the editors and hacks paid by the Washington Post, who are busy penning articles such as “Why the electoral college should choose Hillary Clinton”. Isn’t this fundamentally a call to over-ride the Constitutional framework of the republic’s democracy?

In other words, the ruling elite’s candidate lost, so let’s subvert democracy to “right this terrible wrong” that was wrought by fed-up debt-serfs.

Substitution is a useful technique to reveal propaganda: if Trump had lost by a thin margin, would the The Washington Post publish an article “Why the electoral college should choose Donald Trump”?

Any site suggesting such an outlandish subversion of American democracy would of course by labeled Russian-controlled propaganda by The Washington Post. In other words, it’s OK for the organs of Imperial Propaganda to call for the subversion of the Constitution, but if someone else dares to do so, you know the drill: they’re labeled a tool of Russian propaganda.

Just as a reminder, this is the status quo / ruling elite’s handiwork The Washington Post shills/propagandists support: a status quo of institutionalized privilege, corruption and systemically soaring wealth and income inequality:

The institutionalized impoverishment of non-elite students:

The institutionalized impoverishment of the bottom 99.9%:

The institutionalized impoverishment of everyone below the protected technocrat-insider class of shills, apparatchiks and professionals:

This is what The Washington Post is pushing: a parasitic, predatory, exploitive, ruinously corrupt and venal ruling class and its army of apologists/lackeys/factotums.

The fundamental source of the Post’s hysterical accusations is the ruling elite has lost control of the narrative. This is the source of the mainstream media’s angst-tinged hysteria and frantic efforts to marginalize and discredit any dissenting narratives that undermine or question the power of a corrupted, self-serving ruling elite that has failed the nation and its citizens.

This is why Donald Trump was routinely labeled a Russian shill by the mainstream media during the campaign. Regardless of what you think of Trump or Clinton, what can we say about a supposedly responsible media that so cavalierly spews fact-free accusations of foreign control? This is the height of irresponsible propaganda being passed off as “journalism.”

Free speech implicitly carries the responsibility of the reader/listener/viewer to make a critical assessment of the content, its source and its aim: who benefits if we accept the narrative being pushed?

The delicious irony of The Washington Post‘s hysterical campaign to smear dissenters as tools of Russian propaganda is that it only serves to discredit the Post itself. For my part, I invite you to read all ten of my books and make your own critical assessment of the content and answer these questions:

1. Did you find even a single passage in the thousands of pages that favored Russian policies?

2. Did you find any passages that favored domestic resilience and self-reliance, localized economic development, and the promotion of innovations that favored the many rather than the few?

3. Don’t you think it fair and reasonable that anyone accusing me of being a shill for Russian propaganda ought to read my ten books in their entirety and identify the sections that support their slanderous accusation?

If they can’t support it, then isn’t their accusation the very propaganda they claim to be identifying?

Just as a reminder: here’s my chart of the Ministry of Propaganda (from 2007):

When Does “Managed Perception” Become Reality? (May 1, 2011)

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Washington Post blasted online for article accusing Russia of ‘sophisticated’ US election propaganda, claim on CNN that Russia funded Brexit

The Washington Post was blasted on social media for its latest hit-piece claiming a “sophisticated [Russian] propaganda campaign” influenced the US presidential election. Citing a Cold War think tank and an anonymous ‘anti-propaganda’ group, the piece used the word ‘propaganda’ 20 times.

The article references “independent researchers” who determined that Russian state media, including RT and Sputnik, produced misleading articles online with the purpose of “punishing Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy”.

The Twitterati were quick to accuse the media outlet, acquired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2013, of hypocrisy.

 

 

The Post rolls out two teams of researchers claiming “Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack US democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment”

Interestingly, the ‘independent’ experts the Post cites include the Foreign Policy Research Institute, founded in 1955 to provide a long-term strategy to US officials on the Cold War where it urged western states to unite with the US to combat the Soviet Union. The organization was criticized by many, including US Senator William Fulbright, who was a vocal opponent of McCarthyism.

The other source cited by WAPO is PropOrNot, “an independent team of concerned American citizens” who are “currently volunteering time and skills to identify propaganda – particularly Russian propaganda – targeting a US audience,”according to the site’s description.

ProporNot notes that many of its contributors are anonymous “in light of possible Russian retaliation” and sends a clear message to ‘Russian trolls’ in its contact page: “If you’re a Russian troll, though, don’t bother. We’ll just ban you.”

 

PropOrNot will release its monitoring report Friday, which WaPo received in advance, on how Russian “propaganda operated” during the election run.

According to the Post, “Russian propaganda” regarding Hillary Clinton’s health was most concerning. The WaPo itself ran a September 11 piece, after Clinton fell ill at a 9/11 memorial service and was diagnosed with pneumonia, where it admitted talk of Clinton’s health was “no longer just the stuff of conspiracy theorists”.

“Clinton and her team simply need to say something about what happened (and why the press was in the dark for so long),” the article stated.

 

Russian coverage of claims anti-Trump protestors were being paid to demonstrate also featured in the WaPo piece.

Two Democratic activists exited Clinton’s presidential campaign after a video by the controversial Project Veritas group showed them discussing methods for inciting violence at rallies for the Republican nominee, according to CNN.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin told CNN Thursday that Brexit financier Arron Banks was linked to the Russian government.Breitbart reports that Banks has since contacted his lawyers to investigate the possibility of making a defamation claim.

Here’s Rogin’s claim in full.

This awesome thread followed.

 

Democrats and the Washington Post in particular made multiple, unproven, claims that Russia hacked the DNC and interfered in the election process. Russian officials repeatedly denied any involvement in the hacks.

This included false claims by senior Clinton staffers that RT was working with Wikileaks on Podesta emails.

Since the elections, these conspiracy theories have entered the mainstream.

On Wednesday the EU parliament passed a resolution to counter Russian media propaganda where it was alleged that RT and Sputnik are among the most dangerous tools” of “hostile propaganda.”

 

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